Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 7,728 deer during the antlerless portion of the fall firearms deer season, which ran Dec. 1-3. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 250, Macon with 212, and Pike with 205 deer checked. Last year’s harvest total was 6,503.
MDC reduced the length of the antlerless portion of fall firearms deer season starting in 2016 from 12 to three days so harvest numbers prior to 2016 are not comparable to this season.
For the latest preliminary deer harvest totals by county and portion, visit MDC’s website at http://on.mo.gov/1jjz7Ew.
Archery deer hunting continues through Jan. 15, 2018. Up next for deer hunting in Missouri is the alternative methods portion, which will run Dec. 23- Jan. 2, 2018.
Get more information on deer hunting in Missouri through MDC’s free 2017 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet available where permits are sold, from MDC regional offices and nature centers, and online at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/sites/default/files/downloads/2017FDT.pdf.